FSAI concerned over salt consumption

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland says Irish people are consuming an "alarming" amount of salt.

New figures reveal that we eat more than 9.5g of salt a day - at least twice as much as the recommended amount.

The Food and Drink Industry Ireland representative group insists major progress has been made in cutting salt levels in food.

The Irish Heart Foundation welcomed the commitment to salt reduction.

“As the national charity fighting stroke and heart disease, we welcome the commitment by the FSAI to continue to work towards a national salt target intake of 6g per day," Health Promotion Manager Maureen Mulvihill said.

"Every year nearly 10,000 lives are lost to cardiovascular disease (CVD) which is the biggest cause of death in the country.

"If salt consumption per head was reduced by an average of three grams across the population, a reduction of approximately 900 deaths from stroke and heart attack could be achieved."


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